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Women’s Heart Initiative hosts Learn. Act. Live. Every woman’s guide to a heart-healthy life

Main Line Health November 18, 2016 News Releases

(Wynnewood, Pa.) – On November 2, 2016, the Lankenau Heart Institute’s Women’s Heart Initiative hosted an educational program for women in our community titled, Learn. Act. Live. Every woman’s guide to a heart-healthy life.

Women’s Heart Initiative is a comprehensive health care program specifically dedicated to education and awareness about women's heart care. The goal is to empower women to Learn, Act, and Live—to help women recognize the warning signs of heart disease and encourage them to have open discussions with their physicians about their heart care.

The two-part event featured an hour of hors d’oeuvres and interactive educational display tables representing the various cardiology and cardiac surgery programs, innovative clinical trials and new technologies available to heart disease patients across Main Line Health.

More than 125 attendees had the opportunity to talk to a fitness specialist, undergo a blood pressure or BMI screening, and talk with various members of the Lankenau Heart Institute team.

The evening included six breakout sessions that offered information and a panel on a variety of heart health topics, including:

Carol Cutler, who was treated at Lankenau following a heart attack, addressed the attendees about the importance of listening to their body and making their health a priority.

The event also featured the unveiling of A woman's guide to protect her heart, an educational guidebook created by Women’s Heart Initiative. The guide will be given to female patients across Main Line Health in an effort to help manage and prevent heart disease, and includes information about topics like heart attack and stroke, how cancer treatment can affect your heart, and how menopause can impact your heart disease risk.

Despite the increase in awareness, still too often women do not recognize their heart attack symptoms early enough, did not realize they had serious risk factors for heart disease or their symptoms were dismissed by health care providers.

For more information, visit the Women’s Heart Initiative website, where you can also view a photo gallery from the event or download a free copy of our educational guidebook.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.

At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.

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About Lankenau Heart Institute

The Lankenau Heart Institute is Main Line Health’s premier, comprehensive cardiovascular medicine and surgery program. The Lankenau Heart Institute brings together the clinical expertise of all four Main Line Health acute care hospitals and community cardiology practices to ensure that patients receive a level of quality, service, and experience that is unprecedented in the region. Through the system-wide coordination of services, the Lankenau Heart Institute delivers preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative cardiovascular services at each of our locations including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital.

Lankenau Heart Institute continues to be a pioneer in the use of beating-heart techniques and robotic-assisted procedures for coronary artery revascularization, minimally invasive and transcatheter approaches for valve repair and replacement, and complex aortic surgeries. With our growing experience and focus on minimally invasive techniques, Lankenau Heart Institute has expanded participation in clinical trials year over year. Our physicians are frequently invited to participate in clinical/medical device trials, many of these designed to facilitate minimally invasive procedures/approaches.

With a collaborative team of expert consultative cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and specially trained nurses and technologists, the Lankenau Heart Institute is dedicated to managing and treating patients with heart failure, aortic disease, coronary and peripheral vascular disease, heart rhythm disorders and valve disease. Our team of cardiologists and cardiac specialists provide patients and their families with expert cardiac care, close to home.